Many engineers feel that they are not sufficiently compensated for their work—and that is apparently true when it comes to the 7.1% of them who hold down second jobs. The statistics come from a 1997 National Science Foundation study that examined the demographics of working scientists and engineers who work at two jobs. Money, in fact, could have a lot to do with it. Engineers with a second job reported earnings 20% lower than the average for their counterparts with just a single job. Take note that the study is five years old. These days, many engineers probably would be more than happy to have even one job.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicle’s parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but that’s just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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